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What Makes a Jewish Museum Jewish?

Saturday, February 24, 2024 15 Adar I 5784

11:45 AM - 12:30 PMASBI Main Sanctuary

Is a museum Jewish if it talks primarily about Jews? How much does it have to talk about their Jewish identities to be a Jewish museum? What if the people who funded, designed, built, and maintain the Jewish museum aren't Jewish? Can a museum be Jewish if only non-Jews visit it? Is a Holocaust museum a Jewish museum? What about an art museum that shows artworks made by Jews? What if the artworks don't have Jewish content? 

In short, What makes a Jewish museum Jewish? 

During this conversation, we'll look at a few prominent museums that describe themselves as "Jewish museums." We'll discuss their mission statements, dissect their logos, and read about their exhibits. Then, we'll consider, debate, and question the Jewishness of these museums. 





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